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YoKids drinkable smoothies hit store shelves

BY Jason Owen

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Stonyfield recently launched two drinkable yogurts just for kids, each made with real organic fruit and vegetable purees: Strawbana and Very Berry.

 

Strawbana is a mix of organic carrot, strawberry, banana and yogurt ,while Very Berry is made up of organic sweet potato, raspberry, strawberry and yogurt. Smoothies also offer one-third of the recommended daily allowance for calcium and are an excellent source of vitamin D making them a smarter snack choice.

"Yogurt is an excellent snack food for all children," explained America’s pediatrician, Dr. Bill Sears. "Kids love to snack and should graze on healthy foods during the day. I often recommend that they snack on yogurt because it’s high in protein, it’s high in calcium, and it satisfies them."

"When it comes to feeding kids food that’s good for them, there are two big challenges — having it handy when kids are hungry and finding nutritious food that tastes good to little ones," shared Stonyfield vice president of marketing and mom of twins, Kristen Deshaies. "So we crafted a delicious recipe that uses real fruits and veggies, poured it into kid-sized bottles that are convenient for moms and dads, and YoKids Smoothies were born! Kids love the fruity taste and parents love that their kids are being nourished in such a healthy way."

Like all Stonyfield yogurts, YoKids Smoothies are certified organic, so they do not contain any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives and are produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones and genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs).

YoKids Smoothies are available nationwide in 3.1oz. six-packs with a suggested retail price of $3.69.


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Sweets & Snacks Expo to feature international attendees

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — A show devoted to snack food is expected to draw suppliers from 22 countries when it kicks off in May, the show’s sponsoring organization said.

The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which will take place May 21-23 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, is expected to be the most successful in the event’s 16-year history, with a nearly sold-out show floor, according to the National Confectioners Association.

"NCA recognizes the power of U.S. brands around the world, and the expo serves as a destination for global markets to come together," NCA president Larry Graham said. "The 2013 expo is the ideal venue to connect with industry professionals from around the world and to discover international products and trends that will set retailers apart from the rest."

In addition to Brazilian, Chinese, German and Mexican pavilions, the show will have its first-ever Ecuadorian pavilion. Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis will visit the show as well, and the show will feature products from companies like Sweden’s Solberga Konfektyrfabrik, Netherlands-based Hellema Hallum, Latvia-based Pure Chocolate and products from Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

"Every year, we host a number of country pavilions, but in 2013, we are thrilled to host a new country’s pavilion, and number of new international companies as well," Graham said.

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Study finds many high schoolers skip breakfast, don’t get enough physical activity

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — Sixty-two percent of teenagers say they don’t eat breakfast every day of the week, according to a new report released Monday that investigates the link between nutrition, physical activity and academic performance.

The report, "The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments", was the work of the GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American School Health Association.

"Brain imaging shows that children experience improved cognitive function and higher academic achievement after just 20 minutes of physical activity," University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign neuroscience professor Charles Hillman said. "Combining the many benefits of physical activity with good nutrition habits that support healthy weight can have a powerful impact on a child’s potential to learn."

The study also found that people who eat breakfast have better attention and memory that those who skip it. Three-quarters of high school students aren’t active for the recommended 60 minutes each day, while those who were more active during school performed better on standardized tests for reading, math and spelling.

"Poor nutrition, inactivity and unhealthy weight not only lead to poor academic achievement in children, but also create hard costs for individuals, schools and society at large," former U.S. surgeon general and current director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute David Satcher said. "These costs include spiraling healthcare expenses, lower productivity and a future workforce unprepared for success. We must find solutions to improve nutrition and physical activity for our society’s future well-being, and it must start in our homes and schools." 

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